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traditional and xenophobic society in remote rural villages with only landlocked mountainous environment with a population density very low the connectivity is almost nonexistent. if you look to the future of the plan at what will happen after afghanistan is over and we move to the next round of conflict you will find that is not it at all but much more on the urban coastal and very highly connected environment. we will do a lot of the same things we have done. 80% of conflict is and always has been a regular in nature one of the main combatants is almost the non armed group more precisely with u.s. military history there is a specific repeated patent that we do a barge scale operation about once every 20 or 25 years also the size of kosovo about every five or 10 years and that pattern goes right back to the middle of the 19th century and it is completely independent of policy makers preferences. somebody say to the president say we would get out of this business? he is the seventh president to say the same statement over 80 years and there is no effect whether he wants to do it or not o
in a mediated environment. we need people to tell us whether the information we are leaking is important to not, whether it is private or not. no one wants their e-mail read if it is not done legally but -- >> even if it is. >> probably right. >> other aspects of this make it so hard. particularly in the information sharing bucket where we are trying to figure out what information can or should be shared. getting a base line of what the information is, what it is is very difficult in a technophobia world. >> i have trouble seeing you. do you have anything to add on the privacy issue and legal concerns that have been raised? >> where you started was i have something to contribute to this debate. i hope it is a point of this audience will appreciate. my title is associate general counsel, not director of strategy and policy so people in think tanks can debate the subjects, our role is trying to help with legal ways to move forward. in terms of privacy protection and information sharing the information sharing cornerstone of it has got to the trust and confidence in one another so privacy protecti
, privacy concerns, and so you are necessarily dealing with an environment in which you are trying to, as someone who was dealing with cyber security gain access to protective data. we need to get this information to determine whether something's happening, but it is, in some ways, by the force of law made more complex. the complexity is then, something dan was talking about there for a moment, this information sharing cuts across different entities, so you have sharing that has to happen among private entities, by and large the constraints that people speak of in that area largely think with appty trust concerns; although, i have to say we have difficulty talking to in identifying exactly what antitrust concerns may be when they are actually sharing cyber threat information which is what we are really talking about. them, of course, you have sharing from the u.s. government to the private sector, and that's something that, you know, dan was speaking to, a lot of product is going out to the private sector in order to help them better protect their own network, and then there is the ef
continue to produce or fluid. the main trust of agriculture and the environment was there from the very beginning. we tend to think of agriculture today is industrial agriculture and somehow that different than what we've been doing for six or eight or 10 dozen years. in fact, the principle is exactly the same period were not doing all that much that's different. the plants we do meet her biological freaks. they are annual grasses, which are very rare in nature. nature prefers perennials. and because they are there for a special purpose. they are there to colonize areas after a fire, after a flood, after rail disaster has occurred. something that resets the biological clock is zero. so what we do when we do agriculturists mimic that disaster. we create disaster. that disaster is what allows us annuals to grow. sweep out the front every year and reduce the biological clock again to zero. it requires energy and fertilizer in a number of other things to sustain that disaster year after year. that's farming. to change recall industrial agriculture really occurred beginning at about 1940, 19
're exposed to in their environment. this is sometimes called the gene environment model of disease which in theory is a good thing, but in practice it seems as though it is almost always genes that are privileged whether explanatory power and the sabbath and a couple ways that i talk about. first is that genomics introduces a different spatial dimension to risk. moving from environmental context of the body to the body itself. it also introduces secondly a different temporal dimension into force of the genetic test contesting someone's -- someone for -- directing attention away from a person's history or future of exposures. the spatial and temporal dimensions of environmental genomics together cast mutations as privileged site of knowledge, casting doubt on the necessity of understanding the histories of embodied experience of the natural and social environment, or the need to focus on the public exposure regardless of whether or not the exact real-time biological effects can be ascertained. environmental genomics assumes that pollution is an inevitable feature of modern life, a natural
of certainly came he is and lymphomas. do we appreciate some of these environment of factors and what's the role of the environment? >> guest: i think the role of the environment is very controversial. it's extremely high particularly directly related to environmental toxins. i think one of the issues here is that there are very few safety nets so one of the reasons i was interested in cancer in my first work was some of the ways we have to understand and be compensated or our injuries in terms of faulty designs for somebody doing something that is injured us through law are not able to see cancer in a way. you have to be able to bring a law and be able to proof eight proximate cause but if you are injured 30 years down the line and there is no research that really shows in the way that this chemical has given you this cancer it's virtually impossible to bring a lawsuit. so there is very little way to make any of these companies responsible for the injuries that they made be causing and of course their huge financial disincentives to doing that kind of research. so it's very difficult
interest to shape an environment that encourages good lenders to get the quality products to credit where the families. unfortunately, as you know better than anyone, and as dave talked about, one of the major obstacles that's blocking a full housing recovery is regulatory uncertainty. and i understand, having been a lender i can't imagine what it's like sitting at your desk back in your home state as you've watched the federal government respond to the crisis. we've taken a lot of steps that were, in my view, necessary to restore confidence and ensure that many of the bad practices that caused the mess were eliminated. one of the outcomes is that too often the rules of the road were not clear enough, and that led to a tightening of credit. according to the federal reserve from 2007-2012, mortgage lending to borrowers with credit scores over 780 fell by a third. goes to those with scores between 620 and 680 fell by 90%. there are a lot of qualified buyers out there who are being rejected. so my colleagues and i have been working with a wide variety of stakeholders, including many of you,
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of these environmental factors and what is control of the environment? >> guest: i mean, i think phil role of environment is very controversial. it's extremely high particularly for some of the cancers that have been directly related to environmental toxins. i think one of the issues here is there are very few safety nets. one of the reasons i was originally interested in cancer in my first book was that in some of the ways we have to understand and be compensated for our injuries in terms of faulty designs or somebody doing something that has injured us are not able to see cancer in a way so you have to be able to prove to be delayed could bring a lawsuit and a proximate cause. what if you are being injured 30 years down the line and there is no research that shows any concrete way that this chemical has given you this cancer it is impossible to bring a lawsuit and so there's very little way to make the companies responsible for the injuries they may be causing and there are huge financial disincentives to doing that kind of research so it's difficult to do that very expensive kind of research. >> host:
manage that transition so that we don't lose key values and yet have a more stable and secure environment will be very difficult. i think we have a strategy. you could say, perhaps, it's not public enough, but there's larger political influences that are busting and will make it more difficult to achieve. >> laura and then leonard. >> so my only point here is in light of the recent revelations, the regard with encryption, standard setting, the high level of sin -- cynicism overseas, there is very serious opposition to what the united states has done overseas. i was in cambridge at the time this summer. it was remarkable the extent to which the anger towards the united states, and we can often forget that when we are here domestically, but the revelations have been a significant setback, i think, towards diplomatic efforts abroad. now, i think it's just too early to see how that pans out. if it's going to pan out that the united states is able to lead from behind, if it's going to pan out we can regain a leadership position, but we'll see significant fallout internationally on this for som
'm a product of my environment. i have saw people with nothing but lived by rules. you had to do something. papa used say, no work, no eat. i understood that very well. so when i see people that are down and out, i said, do something. but you have to, some people need a little bit of help. mama kay i watched her, she helped them but they got back up and made something of their lives. i saw young girls in farmington got pregnant out of wedlock and left their house because their parents threw them out. they would come to mama kay. would i come home after school and see mama having lunch with the daughter after she through them out. they went back home. had a little baby, most productive kid in the world. so i've seen it all. i am who i am because of where i'm from and product of environment i grew up in the family i was in. >> you ran for governor once. lost in the primary. talk about customer service. why did you lose? what did you learn? >> i didn't do a good job. i don't think i did good enough explaining who i was and how i thought the state could be and how we would change the state. i
are in the national security environment here in the u.s., if you work at dod, at the cia, when you get up in the morning, the primary thing you're thinking about is whether or not there's going to be a terrorist attack and what you can do that day to prevent it. it is dominating aspect of our national security policy as well it should be. for all the challenges we have for trying to work the relationships with russia, with china, the asia pivot, latin america and elsewhere, the number one thing on our minds is protecting this country, and the number one threat to that is terrorists, al-qaeda and their various offshoots. so we have to fight that war. you know, and one of the best ways to fight that war is, basically, to get them before they get us. and that involves military action of one with kind or another. now, the second thing that we've been trying to accomplish both president bush and president obama have tried to figure out how to do this is to win the broader ideological struggle. basically, to stop people in the muslim world from wanting to join organizations like al-qaeda, to fi
this to be a great and productive work environment but there are certain things out of our control the dramatically impact jobs in tennessee when i hear all the manufacturers tell us we love being in tennessee and we love the work environment, but if we had this agreement in place, we could produce more jobs. well it's a little frustrating to me as a governor because it is out of my country but it's also critical for me to get involved to land that felice whether it is in washington or anywhere else. but like i said, we've worked hard to set up a work environment in tennessee and we think we have it but there are certain things that are beyond our control at this point. >> im stand everyone on the panel is an enthusiast to this agreement but we want to be clearheaded about some of the competitive costs. if the construction mining business, what do you see as the competitive threat that would come from others that -- imports would be less expensive. what are the competitive to when she would face from the deals coming to be and how had contador you caterpillar can fight them off? >> that is a good q
. the main thrust of the agriculture and our environment was there from the beginning and we came to think of it as industrial agriculture and somehow that is different than what we have been doing for the six or eight or 10,000 years. we are not doing all that much that is different. but the plans that we eat our biological freaks. annual grasses, which are very rare in nature or, nature prefers pringles. they are there for a special purpose to colonize and something to reset the biological clock down to zero. it's and so what we do is mimic that disaster. we create disaster. and that is what allows them to grow. we reduced the biological clock down to zero and it requires energy and fertilizer to sustain that disaster year after year and that is farming. the change really occurred in 19411930, you begin in the united states. there was almost an intensification -- actually it was a serious intensification would have gone on before. but a number of things made it possible. it is called short plants and breeders were able to make wheat and especially rice to grow much shorter so it invests
need to create an environment where number one, we lessen the number of people that need a clearance. we do a whole lot better clearing. and that we need to create the expectation that you'll be randomly checked to see if you still deserve to have the clearance. that is the system. the details are difficult. i'm not saying it is not typical. but how we do it and how much it cost of holding contractors accountable for doing the very job we are paying them to do doesn't seem to be happening. in my question, i would like a response from you all. how do we solve this? you all laid out where we are. but how do we solve the? we have all of these areas. you know, the form, three pages of instructions, seven pages where you live, five pages of name, 17 pages of employment, four pages, 21 pages of foreign activity, to pages on emotional health, seven pages on police records, lebanon drug and alcohol. five pages on associations and three signature pages. i know you are reforming the form. the point is what we want to do is go for the goal. so not all of this, first of all his check from the qu
don't do this environments. >> host: would you say it is more so cheer than a dozen in other countries? >> guest: absolutely. alcohol is usually cheap in this country. in canada we have monopolies, liquor monopolies. a fairly firm hand on pricing. but here, all bets are off. i'll close thereof. i come to a policy conference here in north america where some of the best brains working on the issues. and yet, the public's appetite for understanding this is small. >> host: i hear you saying there is a great deal of environmentalists chatterji that could utilize, maybe not necessarily capitalized on. >> guest: exactly. >> host: okay, okay. assertive messages can be incorporated across the last and for females that could reach the impact of risky drinking quite >> guest: well, i think in canada we had drinking guidelines, not in 2011. and with it, my drinks per week there was a lot of pushback of the women i know. save nine drinks a week, are you kidding me? what if i have four or five on a saturday night in four or five on friday night? i am already over my limit. we just have to start to k
it but to step back to look at the context of their environment what is in the way of greening power in what can they do to support its? i have begun to think of slow medicine and fast medicine it turns out hildegarde's way works best with slow diseases or don't have a treatment. although it is easy to put slow medicine and fast medicine in opposition but they work best together like a three-dimensional view. by this time i had finished my ph.d. in as a present to myself i decided to go on a medieval pilgrimage. there has been a little more press for those across variance but why did i want to go? the word actually comes means moving through the territory. uphold to leave your home to journey through only and is not yours. the medieval thought we were all pilgrims leaving home at burst traveling through life to reach the spiritual cool of death and in the middle ages in a telegram that was a big deal there was one to rolled and jerusalem and santiago this one here was the most exotic it started in the ninth century with the body of st. james the apostle was miraculously discovered in a stolen bo
are working in an environment of scarcity, we have a government resources were scarce and our private system and we will are working through philanthropy and we are working in a restrained environment which gives us an approach to solve some of the issues that might say that if i have a dollar to solve a problem, it goes farther than bangladesh rather than here in the united states. there might be a larger connection as to how poverty or prosperity effexor sense of well-being and your willingness and ability to participate in civic discourse or other kinds of social functions, which i thought was a very important point that you made to be part of civil society. >> i think it is a first choice. if you're talking about the government itself, one of the great misperceptions and usually when people, we developed this by a series of 10. if you bring all that money back in and development domestically, there probably wouldn't be enough to keep a huge dent in the domestic poverty problem. and if you want to have money for the program, but only half the people pay taxes, you can't have a sister wish
environment. to guard the technology and services sector and much more. i honestly, frankly, have no idea how you will choose which session to attend because they are all going to be informative and stimulating. in addition, of course, you are going to hear from a number of my colleagues throughout the administration over the next two days. i hope everyone here is as excited as i am to hear today from the leader who had the foresight to launch select u.s.a. two years ago, president barack obama. looking forward from the perspective of my team at the commerce department, we want to do everything possible to serve you, not just in the next two days, but in the weeks, months, and years ahead. for example, and just a few weeks the american chamber of commerce will host the 2-day event november 19th to 21st in barcelona and madrid. next april we will be in hanover in germany where largest manufacturing showing the world. in a we will be at the offshore technology conference in a houston. next september we will be in frankfurt for auto mechanic beckham i global auto industry event. in addition, and
like the serenity of my environment. to me, all this is a big plasma screen. you just have to be strong and keep god with you. what does the bible say? you are in this world but not -- way. i said i thought it was all this world but not in it. he nodded, right, right. later i realized i screwed up the quote. of course, we are all in it. [applause] >> and just to maybe frame it before just read this passage i think one of the things we want to talk about is kind of the idea of the frontier, so for mark they say front to the detroit is kind of reverted to and for jeff's book it's the real deal. it's the frontier in its beginning. so without jeff. >> austin is what is because of one man. his future probably in the book industry i'm going to read is omar first contact of the area. it's the story of about 10 years ago actually launch my interest in writing about local history. seat of empire tells the sort of austin's creation against the backdrop of early texas politics and the extraordinary struggle between two texas giants, sam houston and mirabeau lamarr. detail of entertaining yet impor
indigenous peoples and protecting their human rights that relate to the environment we can bring them to the table to help us fashion a truly american land ethic which we need to be this at this time i'm running out of time telling a lie want to just close by looking at a few implementation challenges. the u.n. special raptors report on the united states from last year concluded that there are significant challenges here in the u.s. to overcome this and haven't had a legacy of colonialism that we need to improve our existing programs and we need new measures to try to come to some kind of a reconciliation, and the study is a landmark study that leaves out ten areas, ten big areas where we need to work on all three branches of the federal government, the courts, congress, the executive branch. it lays out a big challenge to our nation to implement these standards. .. >> to implement the standards to build a national campaign to coax the nation to develop a national plan to implement these standards. i'm talking about the mother of all campaigns tribal poverty and other legislative move
looking at a thicket of trees you get used to it and like the serenity of my environment we just have to be strong and keep god with you. you're in this world but wait of this world but not in it. then i realized i screwed up the''. of course, we're all in it. [applause] >> just to frame it i think one of the things to talk about is the idea of the frontier that he troy has reverted to it is the real deal with its beginning. jeff? >> boston is because of one the and that is featured prominently in the book and this story is lamar's first contact with the area a story about what started interested and history. >> "seat of empire" talks of austin's creation of politics and the extraordinary struggle between two texas giants between dimaria and assam austin. for a different outcome would leave as with the different states of texas. born 1839 almost died early 1840's and spring back to life thereafter by for a few twists and turns our current home town would not likely exist the southern rockies to be the texas mountains we would not remember sam houston as the political titan of his age
a political point. i think i was trying to describe the environment that i found myself in. i am a pastor first and foremost. i'm not a politician. i am descriptive rather than prescriptive. so what i was describing was phenomena that i saw on both side of the aisle. i think, for instance, i made a statement, remove the burdens of those who are the collateral damage of this federal shutdown. most of my members were furloughed. i'm aware of the burden that is they have to bear. i made a plea for their not to be a delay in death benefits to the grieving families of our fallen warriors. i did that primarily because i have made scores of death notifications to next of kin as a navy chap plain for 27 years and i appreciate the incomprehensible nature of their grief. so i was praying out of pastoral concern rather than trying to make a political point. >> do you feel as though you were giveing a voice some somes those people who were furloughed or for military families then? >> i think a critical part of prayer is to lift to god the concerns and the need of the people you serve. so you are a vo
in a single environment. finally, the system requires rapid development and release of hot fixes and patches so it is not always available or stable during the duration of the testing." secondly, "the security contractor has not been able to test all the security controls in one complete version of the system." and if you look in the first part, which is most troubling of all, it says, "due to system readiness issues, the security control assessment was only partly completed. this constitutes a risk that must be accepted before the marketplace day one operations." and so let me tell you what you did. you allowed the system to go forward with no encryption on back-up systems. they had no encryption on certain boundary crossings. you accepted a risk on behalf of every user of this computer that put their personal financial information at risk because you did not even have the most basic end-to-end test on security of this system. amazon would never do this. pro flowers would never do this. kayak would never do this. this is completely an unacceptable level of security, and here's the scary par
will wrap up the afternoon with a panel on the united states energy environment come into discussion on exhibition oe exhibition floor on how to take the edge of service providers. for right now let's get to this morning's keynote speaker. i am honored to introduce secretary of state john kerry. he is a proud son of a decorated former foreign service officer. as a young man, he served two tours of duty in the amount, receiving a bronze star -- in vietnam, a bronze star, a silver star and three purple hearts. he served as a top prosecutor of the county level in massachusetts and then went on to be elected lieutenant governor, and two years later he was elected to the united states senate where he served 28 years. the last four of those years he served as the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, developing relations around the world with world leaders. in fact, -- every foreign policy issue for the united states over the past three decades. this year he became the first sitting chairman of that committee in over a century to become secretary of state. and just two weeks
the fact is, we need to create an environment where, numberou one, we lessen the numr of people that need a clearance. we do a whole lot better clearing. we need tohe create a expectatin that is you will be randomly checked to see if in fact you still deserve to have that clearance. that is the system. the details are difficult, i'm not saying it's not difficult but how we do it and how much it costs and holding contractors accountable for doing the very job we're paying them to do doesn't seem to be happening. and my question, i would just like a response from you all. how do we solve this? you all laid out where we are but how do we rollsolve it? you know, we have all these areas, the form, this form, three pages of instructions. seven pages where you live. five-pages name. seven pages unemployment. 29 pages on relationship. 21 pages of foreign activity. two pages on emotional health. seven pages on police records. 11 pages on drug and alcohol. eight pageshi on financial records. five-pages on association and three signature pages. i know you're reforming the form but the point is, is w
for the environment. as government officials our highest duty is to protect the national security, including the confidentiality of confidential information. we have a critically important obligation to protect individuals performing work on behalf of federal agencies from workplace violence. in recent years with congress' help, we have taken a number of important actions to strengthen protections of both nurt information and the physical security of federal facilities such as improving the effectiveness and efficiency of background investigations, and strengthening the processes by which agencies make national security and suitability determinations. we must ensure those processes and the processes for granting or revoking access to facilities and information systems fully mitigate risks. we have a multisector work force, comprised of military, civilian, and contractor personnel. we work to ensure robust vetting policies and policies are applied to all individuals with access to federal facilities, networks, or classified information in a consistent manner. this approach reflects two import
. essentially, it is a technical organization, but we are working in a very highly political environment. now i will stop and be happy to converse with michael and later take your questions. thank you very much. >> thank you. it is an honor and privilege for me to finish and for the wilson center, to be host willing amano. mr. amano's one of first part-time i interviewed when i came to vienna as a journalist just over a decade ago when he was japan's ambassador to the u.n. nuclear energy. director amano will start his second term as the head of the iaea after taking the helm in 2009. he has starred the agent -- stamped the agency with his own style. in that spirit, i hope we can have a good session with my questions and with the audience's. first, getting follow up on this meeting which you had with iranian deputy foreign minister and then it was a meeting of the two sides, the atmosphere of the talks, as you said, was better. but the question is, when will we see concrete progress such as a visit to the parchin site? >> yes, we had a meeting with iran on the 28th and 29th of october. this is t
to the committee on energy and natural sources and the committee on environment and public works. officer without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to s. 1561. calendar number 228. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 228, s. 1561, a bill to amend the public health service act to improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? the presidinwithout objection. mr. reid: i ask that the committee-reported substitute amendment be agreed to, the bill as amended be read a third time, passed, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: i now ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to h.r. 3109. the presiding officer: clrt. the clerk will report. the clerk: an act to provide for the continued performance of the functions of the united states parole commission and for other purposes. the presiding officer: is there ob
environment, and aboriginal band society. and the cohesiveness of those family relationships, they knew nothing else. but they had to disperse because large populations couldn't live together. they are just what the resource for that so the family band would go off to places like helena, right here, right over here, or mozilla or buildings or great falls and to live on the outskirts of these newly forming anglo-american communities. they would pitch in lodges and other tense next to the dump and next to the slaughterhouses. and that's the resources that they have. these new committees, all of a sudden they started realizing, who are these vagabond poverty-stricken indians doing on the edges of our town? aren't indian supposed to be on reservation? what's the problem your? who are these people? and they are 100 -- welcome in 1896, though do most americans no, on the other hand, most americans do know about the chinese exclusion act and what happened with oriental people in that american racism that occurred at the end of the 19th century. but precious few people ever heard of the creed d
environment, and the need for broad access to credit for qualified borrowers, and a vibrant and competitive marketplace. it has also been my desire to share my values showing industry i care deeply about who in particular i hope will continue to inspire. over the past year i've talked a great deal about leadership, and i've expressed my strong belief that we as industry professionals are uniquely positioned to lead change. and that nowhere is our leadership more important than how we choose to run our own companies. here is our opportunity to leave a legacy, i raising the professional standards of our industry, and instilling a genuine duty of care to the consumer, and demonstrating that we belong as an integral part of the stable housing marketplace. many of you have also heard me talk about the concepts of owning a home. where, together, we accept responsibility for the success of the anti-real estate finance community, while still being accountable for our own individual peace. i believe there is no better opportunity to own the home that had mba. i'm very proud that going into our 100 y
. american workers have had to adapt to keep pace with this changing environment. so should our laws. instead of sticking with an antiquated labor law, i believe we need to update the fair labor standards act to actually meet the changing needs of workers. that's why i'm introducing the family friendly and workplace flexibility act. this bill will allow flexible workplace arrangements such as compensatory time and flexible credit-hour agreements which are currently available to employees working for the federal government. federal employees already have this. allow that to be extended to businesses regulated by the fair labor standards act. currently the flsa prohibits employers from offering compensatory time or comptime to their hourly employees. this bill would amend the flsa to allow private employers to offer kofrpl -- comptime to employees at a rate of a hour to every half-hour of work. an employee can monetary payment. this gives the option to include paid time off over work instead. there is no need for washington to stand in the way of families earning the time that they need. this b
an environment of economic growth and stability within the marketplace. we applaud them for their inclusiveness they've shown our industry during the regulatory rulemaking process. our speakers this morning understand the importance of coordination and input from policy leaders, consumer advocates and industry professionals. so that gives me great pleasure to introduce our first honored guest. on the 25th 2009 president obama appointed ed demarco regular firm fannie mae freddie mac and the federal home of banks. previously, mr. demarco served sf hfa chief operating officer and senior deputy director for housing national goals since the perception in 2008. a career civil servant mr. demarco joined the federal housing oversight as an agency to act hfa -- fhfa as its chief operating and director. during the past years of acting director demarco mba members have enjoyed an open and collaborative relationship with fhfa. for this we are truly appreciative and hoped this president continues into the future.
in a very complicated environment to craft a very technical bill that touches so many important parts of our society, of our economy, and of this country as a whole. and i know that there are many different perspectives on social policy, on agricultural production policy, but i'm confident that the spirit that's been demonstrated in achieving this point, passage of both bills out of the house and senate, committees and across the floor, that we can accomplish that. and i would be most remiss if i didn't note the special appreciation i have for my ranking member and my friend, i believe, colin peterson, as well as all of my friends at this table and most assuredly on the other side of this table. i take this responsibility that we have together to accomplish this important goal very seriously. i live in a part of the country where between mother nature and federal policy on two, almost three occasions in this last century, my folks saw their way of life nearly completely destroyed. i know that we cannot persuade mother nature necessarily on any given day to do things differently, but we can p
but they're developing the technology for pevious concrete. it's critically important to our environment. i take great pride in the chesapeake bay and the work to clean up the chesapeake bay. one of the major sourcers for pollution comes every time we have a storm and all the runoff goes into the tributaries that lead into the chesapeake bay causing pollutants to come into the bay creating dead zones. if we have pervious concrete allowing the water to seep rather than to flow it cuts down dramatically the amount of pollution. the ernest mayer company is doing something about that, selling a product that is well received around the country. we have marlin steel in baltimore. it's a small specialty steel company. their growing -- they're growing, their product is sold all over the world, 100% of the ingredients come from the united states and it is exported around the world because it is a quality product. that's steel. steel manufactured in maryland, united states of america, exported to other countries. atlas container is another maryland manufacturer with a national market. they're doing g
. they have the role of investigating crimes. in today's threat environment some expectations of preventing attacks as well. and george, you mentioned there's a cognizant effort to try to do it within the realm of protecting civil liberty. there's a history of cases where some of those have been abused and so checks are put in place. i would like that ask you, your perspective on where those checks are effective or where you might have some concerns. sure. i mean, there are a lot of checks nut place and obviously some less effective than others. i think with the nsa programs we're seeing a lot of checks that are proven ineffective. traditionally, there's the -- a warrant requirement set up no warrant shall issue but on probably cause. a requirement of individualized suspicious before private information is gathered. and the shift to a more universal collection mechanism requires the bypassing. so whether that's through the bulk warrant that issue through fisa courts or through programs that gather large amount of data outside any kind of warnlt. -- warrant. but that model seems to be an ine
. they are cleaning vast areas of land and destroying the environment. they are selling cattle on the mexican side for profit. and of course, they are competing with a legal companies. chinese gangs are also involved in illegal logging. and the wood is sent to asia. illegal logging is going on in columbia and brazil and also connected with organized crime. moving on to illegal mining. organized crime in colombia is -- operations in the country. including the unlicensed extraction of gold and other metal. gold is used to launder money through other illegal activities like drug trafficking. those are just a trip through some of the diversification of the -- [inaudible] we also have found link between organized crime and organized crime from other regions. i'm just going mention a few. [inaudible] has been present in mexico, colombia, and seems to also be present in argentina. doing what? human trafficking. russian -- also human trafficking with chemicals for meth. the nigeria criminal gang control 30% of cocaine. it's a lot to be concerned about. i think that we need pause and think can't we compete
, help from family, change in environment, we did a study 25 years ago when age was a killer. testing people and steadying before hand their emotional status. after the testing, tell them whether they were positive for negative and do more emotional testing and see what happened. of people who were positive, it was a death sentence usually within a year. people who were positive had instant spike in psychiatric systems. people who were negative felt grateful. by six weeks they were balancing out and back to their usual state. even getting a death sentence, you have aids, people are resilient. and it is over 50%. very little added by active medication except side effect. most people who get a bill from a doctor after a seven minute appointment will get better on their own but don't know that. they think it is the medicine that often they stay on the madison for a lifetime because they miss a tribute to success for the pill rather than time, resilience. the terrible paradox is while we are overtreating people who don't need it, people who in the pace of everyday life have troubles but g
is occurring not inside their mind that outside themselves in the social environment. sri lankans to the point where the two literally could not he teased apart. because the western conception of ptsd assumes the problem of the breakage is primarily in the mind of the individual that largely overlooks the salient symptoms from the sri lankans those that do not exist in the psychological but in the social realm. so the problem is this. it's when we rush into other cultures with ptsd checked as we rarely take the time to understand local modes of distress on western counselors know that your reaction, the best way to heal they are often disconnected with local people from modes of suffering which are always tied to local modes of healing. i think it does take a willful blindness to believe other cultures need our framework for understanding the human reactions to, or a medical anthropologist at harvard gave me at quote on this. he said most of the disasters in the world happen outside of the west yet become men and and pathologies their reactions and we say you don't know how to live with the si
are doing and director demarco mentioned this as well, you know, creating an environment today for lenders to be able to feel more confident about the rules of the road within the put back risk, whether it's fha or the gses. so we are very engaged in that process as you know with a group of mba lenders trying to work together to define materiality and really put forth a process moving forward. we are starting with announcing tomorrow a consolidation of a thousand mortgagee letters, into one single authoritative document. we are putting it out as a draft to get feedback. feedback. we're starting a new process that's just a chunk of it by the way, the origination process. but those kind of steps can be taken today to grate a little more certainty in these uncertain times. >> a good point. >> exciting is. >> we are all excited about big documents. so commissioner, how do you think about defining fha's role in housing finance as we think about these new secondary marketing entities that today we call annie and freddie? >> sure. i think first of all -- fannie and freddie. there will always be a
states for those who carry firearms. ultimately, this effort fosters a wild west environment in our communities where individuals play the role of judge, jury and executioner. in my home state of ohio, house bill 203 would with expand the concealed-carry law to permit the use of lethal force wherever an individual is legally permitted to be while removing the tooth to retreat. the duty to retreat. this change to current law would bring ohio in line with other stand your ground states. proponents of stand your ground laws often allege that these laws deter crime. however, the opposite is true. according to a study by the university of texas a&m, states with stand your ground laws have seep an 8% increase in homicides. the enforcement of stand your ground laws too often rely on the decisions of those with cultural biases on whether a person's life is in danger. not surprisingly, these decisions have had a disparate impact on african-americans. the urban institute's justice policy center found that in stand your ground states 35.9% of shootings involving a black shooter are justified.
-- "for the first time in decades, the business environment in the united states is in danger of falling behind the rest of the world" -- end quote. and what did they identify as the root of america's competitiveness problem? respondents -- these are 10,000 harvard business school graduates, working all around the world including the united states -- those folks pointed to america's tax code as the root of the problem. specifically, they pointed to the complexity of the code as one of the greatest current or emerging weaknesses in the u.s. business environment. the harvard study made clear our current tax code puts american businesses at a competitive disadvantage on the world market. that should obviously concern us. so where do we go from here? i believe we have to reform our tax code. we have to adapt. we have to help make america more competitive. it's pretty clear, pretty simple, give companies like applied materials a reason to keep their headquarters here in the united states. we have been through a difficult and counterproductive period here on capitol hill, the recent shutdown,
productive for future generations. this the agreement has the support of agriculture, environment and wildlife leers, clurincluding the national corn growers swrls the environmental defense fund and ducks unlimited. that's quite a crew. the senate bill pulls back on crop insurance subsidies for the wealthiest while ensuring that everyone can still participate in the program, keeping the risk pool strong. we also eliminated direct payments and further focused commodity entitlement programs on our family farmers by strengthening payment limits and rules that ensure that farmers and not urban millionaires are eligible for farm payments. we continued the successful sugar program, funded the livestock disaster programs, which i mentioned earlier, and put in place you a in safety net for dairyer producers to address the wild volatility in that market. no one knows that better than the state of which is, which the home of a lot of cheese, a lot of cows and a lot of dairy. we streamlined conservation programs from 23 to 13, specifically i worked with collin peterson to ensure that local c
because teams thrive in an open and welcoming environment where individuals are bringing their full selves to work. the bill we're debating protects liberty which allows religious organizations to continue to take sexual orientation and gender identity into account when making employment decisions in their religious organizations. enda, i might point out, is supported by 60 faith-based organizations including congregations and organizations ranging from the presbyterian church of america, the episcopal church, the progressive national baptist convention, the union of reformed judaism, the union synagogue of conservative judaism, islamic society of north america, and many others. polls, as i said, show a lot of different things. polls show 76% of american catholics support basic workplace protections for lgbt workers. almost 70% in that poll of evangelical christians support lgbt employment protections. there's overwhelming support for this bill, as i said, amongst people of faith and religious-based organizations. so again, i acknowledge the leadership of senator kirk, the bill's lead spon
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